Summer is upon us, and so is Miami's tropical fruit season. Two events this weekend will celebrate our rich crops of mangoes, lychees, jackfruit, and other fruits. There will also be cold beer at Wynwood's art walk. And, by the way, there'll be a special surprise if your name happens to be Anthony.
Weekend starts now!
Mangoes literally falling off the trees at Fruit & Spice Park.
Photo by Laine Doss
Redland Summer Fruit Festival at Fruit & Spice Park
Chances are you already have a freezer full of mangoes from your neighbor's tree. But there are so many other wonderful tropical fruits that grow in Miami. The Fruit & Spice Park in Homestead will celebrate its summer fruit festival this weekend. You'll be able to discover a range of mangoes, lychees, limes, sapodilla, and other fruits. Try them in smoothies, ice creams, or as nature intended; then take some home or even buy a baby tree so you'll have mangoes for generations to come. There will also be plenty of entertainment, pony rides, a petting zoo, and other fun activities. The festival takes place June 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults; kids 11 and under get in free.
Free meatballs if your name is Anthony.
Photo courtesy Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
Free Meatballs for all Anthonys on St. Anthony's Day
And now, a treat for people named Anthony. Saturday, June 13, is the Feast Day of St. Anthony, which commemorates the life of St. Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of the poor. Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza has a saintly deal — but only if your name (first or last) is Anthony. If you're lucky enough to share a name with this disciple of St. Francis of Assisi, walk into any Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza this Saturday, June 13, and you'll be gifted with a free small order of meatballs. No purchase is necessary, and the offer is good all day — simply present valid ID as proof. Tony Soprano would have loved this one.
Andy Warhol would have been into this.
Photo courtesy of Laine Doss
Concrete Beach Brewery's Gallery Night
Tired of drinking tepid wine in plastic cups during Wynwood's art walk? Then try something a bit crisper and fresher — like local craft beer. This Saturday, June 13, Concrete Beach Brewery's Social Hall will host a gallery night. From 6 p.m. to midnight, drink beer and experience art from some of Miami's best artists, curated by Yo Miami. Artists who'll paint live at the event and show their work include Meluka, Teepop, Atomik, Lorrie Ofir, and Keds.
Fresh organic produce in Wynwood.
Photo by Laine Doss
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Wynwood Green & Art Market's Summer Fruit Festival
This is the place to do all of your one-stop shopping — from fresh veggies for your table to an original piece of art to hang over it. This Sunday, June 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., head to the Bakehouse Art Complex for the Wynwood Green & Art Market. Besides the usual art, crafts, produce, and prepared foods, there will be a bounty of tropical fruits such as mangoes, watermelons, lychees, and mamey on hand for the summer fruit festival.